Iwilldoit set to swerve Grand National after Chepstow heroics | Racing News

Sam Thomas believes there is only a “small chance” that Coral Welsh Grand National winner Iwilldoit will line up at the Grand National in Aintree in April.

The eight-year-old just turned eight gave the former jump jockey the biggest win of his coaching career to date when he took part in the Chepstow marathon eight days ago.

The nine-length win in the extended three and three-quarter mile event was the third win in four starts on the pens for the gelding owned by Diamond Racing Ltd.

Thomas, who lives in Lisvane, thinks Iwilldoit is still too inexperienced to take on Aintree’s strong point and all plans to celebrate his success in the Welsh national team have been put on hold.

Thomas said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. We haven’t had a big party yet, but we’ll have to schedule a meeting with everyone involved, but nothing ever stops in this industry. We haven’t had time to celebrate yet.

“Iwilldoit is up 9lbs to a 149 hour mark. He’s absolutely fine and came out well from the race, and we haven’t really made any plans.

“We’ll have a chat with the owners and do a little bit of a game plan, really.”

Thomas knows exactly what it takes to win on the biggest stage, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup success aboard Denman amidst several first-class victories on the saddle.

And the proud Welshman feels the Grand National may come too soon at this stage in Iwilldoit’s career.

“There is a small chance he could go for the Grand National, but I imagine it could be next season if anything,” said Thomas.

“He’s still quite inexperienced and doesn’t disrespect Chepstow fences – they’re nice fences – but our horse only has a jumping style where he just jumps through his fences and I’m not sure he’ll be quite ready for the test. of the largest fences at Aintree yet.

“We have a lot of options, though. That’s the main thing.”

Iwilldoit is currently a 20-1 chance with Paddy Power for the Grand National.

Thomas added that he hopes Stolen Silver can give him another big Saturday winner at Wincanton this weekend.

Fourth to Edwardstone on Grade One Henry VIII Novices’ Chase in Sandown last time, Thomas is ready to take the seven-year-old back to a handicap company in the Kingwell Lodge Handicap Chase for over two and a half miles.

“We stole the silver in a two and a half mile handicap at Wincanton, chances are he’ll race and cross our fingers he’ll come back to winning,” said Thomas.

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